December 12, 2018
dime (noun)
\DYME\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a U.S. coin worth 1/10 dollar
How do you use it?
When my great-grandmother tells me stories about growing up during the Depression, she often mentions how a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a gallon of gasoline each cost a dime.
Are you a word wiz?

The earliest known use of the word "dime" in print appeared in 1786. Which one of these words do you think came into English at about the same time as "dime"?

In the year 1786 American frontiersman Davy Crockett was born and astronomer Caroline Herschel became the first woman to discover a comet. The first known use of a number of words can be traced back to 1786 as well. At a "box office," you could buy a ticket for an entertainment event, perhaps costing a "dime" or a "half-dollar," another money term that appeared in the same year. A "millionaire" was someone with lots of money who probably ate fancy "cuisine" and lived in an "imposing" house that was impressive in size or magnificence. "Phobia," the word for an unreasonable, abnormal, or lasting fear of something also made its first known appearance in 1786.
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